I heard on the radio, this past week, that we're going to get a surprise when we get our heating bills this month. The price of natural gas is going up by 25 percent. The report went on to say that there is not a shortage of natural gas, actually there is an abundant supply. The cause of the increase is a rise in demand.
I've been living out of my cave for a few years now, but other than heating our homes, water heating, gas stoves, and some clothes dryers, where is this "new" demand coming from? I'm just saying, if supply is adequate and demand is up, doesn't it follow that sales and profit will also rise? Is it possible that it'll cost more to push gas from the street through the pipe to my house? And guess who paid for said pipe? The consumer, that's who.
Will be missed
The Lakeshore area is about to lose a valued member of the music community. I'm referring to Michael J. Arendt, founder and conductor of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Lakeshore Big Band, who will be retiring after this concert season. Under Professor Arendt's training, guidance and conducting these two organizations perform at a level that rivals any in the world.
To bring such wonderful entertainment to our little town is a testament to his skill and talent. He will be missed. As we say in the Navy, I wish for Professor Arendt, "fair winds and following seas" as he moves on to a new phase of his life.
The site of the 2014 Winter Olympics is the city of Sochi, Russia, on the Black Sea. The Caucasus Mountains surround Sochi, which is predominantly Christian, but the large geographic area between the Black and Caspian Seas is exclusively Sunni Islam. Chechnya, home of the parents of the Tsarnaev brothers who killed three people with bombs at the Boston Marathon last April 15, is adjacent to Sochi.
Despite President Obama's "political correctness," the Islamic culture of jihad and world domination is the final goal of the Muslim world. A dedicated Muslim terrorist would consider American, Western and Israeli athletes prime targets for an attack.
You bet it's cold outside, so let's talk some baseball. The Brewers need a first baseman. The Brewers signed 30-year-old Mark Reynolds who strikes out every 2.67 at bats. Next they sign 37-year-old Lyle Overbay, who strikes out every 4.62 at bats. Overbay can't hit a left-handed pitcher. Add to this mix Juan Francisco, who is a strikeout artist. No money for Prince Fielder or often injured Corey Hart, but we have enough money to sign pitcher Matt Garza. Garza has a career record of 67-67. At the very core of the Brewers is Ryan Braun, who is coming off a suspension for PED use. The heck with it, cold isn't outside, it's in Miller Park.
New moral order
The Supreme Court's 1973 abortion decision imposed a new moral order in which life is no longer a God-given right but a conditional privilege.
In the materialist world view the human individual is a product of impersonal evolutionary processes, devoid of either an eternal soul or God-given right.
The central tenet of the American concept of government, as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, is that men were, "endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Our government is empowered by the people to protect those rights. Nowhere in the Constitution was the central government delegated the power to kill children at whim.